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The Swastika in Latvia

25th November 2015
Posted by S Taylor

A great variety of ethnographic symbols have been in use in Latvia over many centuries.   Swastika-type symbolism can also be traced back to very early times.  It has been labelled  ‘Thunder Cross’ ,’Fire Cross’ and ‘Branched Cross’, and it has been associated with ‘happiness’, ‘energy’, ‘fire’ and ‘wind’. It is still used in personal clothing, […]

Icelandic Symbolism – Part Three

14th November 2015
Posted by S Taylor

  The Icelandic for Swastika is Hakakross.  This symbol has appeared in a great variety of contexts over the centuries; it appeared on cremation urns, as a charm for fishermen in all weathers and as a commercial logo for a shipping company. The Icelandic Steamship Company [Eimskipafjelag Islands in Icelandic] was presented with the emblem […]

Icelandic Symbolism – Part Two

14th November 2015
Posted by S Taylor

The Icelandic for Swastika is Hakakross.  This symbol has appeared in a great variety of contexts over the centuries; it appeared on cremation urns, as a charm for fishermen in all weathers and as a commercial logo for a shipping company. Lucky charms It seems very likely that the Thorshammar was regarded by many Icelanders […]

Icelandic Symbolism – Part One

14th November 2015
Posted by S Taylor

The Icelandic for Swastika is Hakakross.  This symbol has appeared in a great variety of contexts over the centuries; it appeared on cremation urns, as a charm for fishermen in all weathers and as a commercial logo for a shipping company. The rectilinear Hakakross had been in regular use from prehistoric times. It is found […]

Swastika-type devices in American Churches

6th August 2015
Posted by S Taylor

This month we are looking at some rather unusual examples of Swastika-type symbolism in North American Churches. Our first example comes from the First Chinese Church of Christ in Hawaii dedicated in 1929. It features wooden pews with Swastika carvings.  They appear in the tilted recto format.  The official website states that these are ancient symbols that […]

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